Sixteen year old mental health education advocate Adam Avin, created the Wuf Shanti Children’s Wellness Foundation, to teach mindfulness, so children can live in health and wellness, peace and positivity. Through videos, books, mobile app, music, fun, and games, children learn mindfulness based social emotional learning, diversity, inclusion, communication, collaboration, meditation, yoga, stress-reduction, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, positive thinking, and more, to help them stay physically fit, mentally less stressed, able to cope with emotions, and interact with kindness. Wuf Shanti has been honored to receive many awards, and Adam is honored to have been published in many national publications, interviewed many pioneers for his “Partners of Peace” series, founded the Kids’ Association for Mindfulness in Education, and to be co-founder and hosting the Mindful Kids Peace Summit. Adam is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for teens, Kidding Around Yoga, and the Emotion Code.
Check out Adam’s TEDX talk here, about getting mindful SEL programs into all schools K-12, why mental health education is so important to stopping violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world.
Helen Maffini is the host of the Mindfulness in Education Summit and the Preschool Mindfulness Summits, she is a doctoral researcher, author and educator. Helen is the creator of the MindBE preschool curriculum used in schools across Asia. She is co-author of the book Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and creator of the course Thriving Kids -A Path to Compassion, Caring and Confident Children! She is co-host of the Global Mindfulnesss in Education Summit too, and has been a great mentor to Adam!
Welcome to the international Mindful Kids Peace Summit. The idea for this summit came because Adam was concerned about the violence in the world, and he wanted to help kids learn to live in health and wellness, and peace and positivity, so that they can grow up to live healthier and happier lives.
The statistics for the number of tweens and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, bullying, suicide, and homicide have risen greatly in the past few years, and some kids may think there is nothing they can do about it. But there is. Science has shown that mindfulness tools can help kids to learn better ways to cope with emotions or deal with stress as they grow up, and hopefully they will be happier teenagers and more peaceful adults. These tools can also help you do better in school, and make a positive impact on the world as well.
The Mindful Kids Peace Summit, the first of its kind geared to tweens and teens and their teachers and parents, and shown as part of the annual curriculum in schools across the globe, will allow kids to hear from pioneers in the industry, who will share different techniques to navigate through and process emotions and stress.
Students can watch interviews with more than 80 experts, motivational speeches, demonstrations, and presentations that they can try at home, in school, and with their parents, teachers, and friends.
Topics that will be covered include anything relating to mental or physical health, including mindfulness, positive thinking, kindness, peace, yoga and mindful movement, breath work, communication, diversity, inclusion, gratitude, social emotional learning, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, empathy, substance abuse, suicide prevention, connection, interacting with others, and so much more. It is all so important, especially with everything going on in the world right now.
We must all come together in order to stop the violence and make a positive impact. Just as reading and math are mandatory parts of curriculum, we believe so too should mindfulness be incorporated into education. Although our initial vision was to build momentum so that all schools across the country and internationally attend the Summit each year at the same time as part of the curriculum, we’ve made a conscious decision to make MKPS videos available all year round. It is now more like a digital library that teachers can access and coincide to their lesson plans throughout the year.
Talking points, materials, and/or resources are still available to schools that would like, so that the teachers can plan discussions around the daily summit segments.
We hope you will join us on this magnificent mindful journey of peace.
Adam and Helen
Mindful Kids Peace Summit is the first of its kind geared to tweens and teens to be shown in schools around the world as part of the curriculum. While MKPS was originally intended to be shown once per year, the videos are now available all year long, and many segments are on our YouTube channel.
Educators can choose who/what they want their students to watch. Length of videos vary. Descriptions and length of each segment are noted. Content will remain as long as it stays relevant, with new content being added throughout the year. There are videos for teachers, parents, and students.
Each of the videos teaches tweens and teens about different topics that focus on mental health and stopping the violence, such as communication, diversity, inclusion, kindness, anti-bullying, mindfulness techniques to cope with emotions and stress, social emotional learning, interacting with others, positive psychology, how we can be making a difference in the world, mental health resources, substance abuse, and so much more. There are many resources for teachers to continue discussions with their students after watching the videos if they choose.
Will I be able to speak during the sessions?
No, the sessions are pre-recorded, however, we encourage you to send all questions to [email protected] and we will try to answer them asap.
What if I have an idea for the summit?
Please send all suggestions to [email protected]. We appreciate your feedback.
How can we contact Adam for a speaking engagement?
Please send your inquiry to [email protected].